Archive for October, 2009

My my, the web sucks.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

In the 80’s you had a program running on a PC, and you selected a menu item by typing it’s number and hitting enter.

Rudimentary, but possibly still more efficient than clicking on a button with a mouse.

But the important point was, when you hit enter, the response was instant. Nowadays, you hit a web server and the response sucks.

Google is trying to change this by making chrome an OS so once again the weight will shift and the client will be thick/heavy/fat/smart and response will be better, but it will still under-perform my apple II because it’s going to be html based, which means when the presentation really needs to be put this box HERE, the program has to generate html that the browser then has to interpret to get the desired results. All very backwards, extra layer-y and error prone, just like SQL.

Somebody needs to come up with an important niche and write a client program that just blows away google’s best efforts, because they’re starting with such a broken playing field.

We are the facebook generation.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

our kids will always have facebook or something like it. they will never be separated from their childhood acquaintances such that 30 years later facebook will come along and reintroduce them

The technology tax.

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I figure that most people basically use their computers nowadays to surf the web, and read and send email.

Some do some programming, photography, and other less common things, but the vast majority generally  facebook, shop and read email.

Yet every few years you have to buy new hardware so you can keep doing these things.

Just the same rant really, that if people would write better software, everybody could save a lot of money.